Uncork the New Fizz

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By Ray Isle, Carson Demmond Posted August 12, 2016

Prosecco’s great—we get it. But there’s more to Italian sparkling wine than bargain bubbles. Cutting-edge producers all over the country are making terrific bottles worth paying a little more for. Here, three of our top picks.

Franciacorta

Italy’s most elegant bubbly comes from this Lombardy wine region. Producers have borrowed more than a few tricks from Champagne, including some of the grapes being
used: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. 


Go-To Bottle: NV Ca’ del Bosco Cuvée Prestige Brut ($45).

Lambrusco

Forget the sweet, industrial fizz 
you might have seen in the 
US. Lambrusco, from the Emilia-
Romagna region, has a long artisanal history. The best are dry and complex—not to mention 
red!

Go-To Bottle: 2015 Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce ($20).

Trento

The steep, cool vineyards of the Dolomites foothills, in Italy’s far north Trentino region, are ideal 
for crisp, sparkling wines. Unlike Prosecco, Trento must be aged 
for a minimum of 15 months, which helps to add complexity.

Go-To Bottle: NV Ferrari Brut ($28).

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